Aerospace Ground Equipment: Out with the old, in with the new

KC-46 Pegasus aerospace ground equipment sit to the left of their KC-135 Stratotanker counterparts, the first set of equipment are air conditioning units and the second set are air-start carts July 2, 2018, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The new aircraft is 15 percent larger than the KC-135 airframe, which requires the equipment used to maintain the aircraft to be bigger and sturdier. The equipment is also built for longevity and is loaded with features, which makes the items even larger and heavier than the 30-year-older predecessors. Across the board the KC-46’s equipment weighs much more than its KC-135 counterpart; for instance, the KC-135’s air-start cart weighs in at 4,720 pounds whereas the KC-46’s cart comes in weighing 13,410 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)

PHOTO BY: Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury
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